CAIRO: The Egyptian Cabinet rejected Thursday the draft of the medical professions’ cadre law presented by the Doctors’ Strike Coordinating Committee, reported Youm7.
Ahmed Shoosha, head of the committee, told The Cairo Post that the cabinet ratified an alternative law that grants medical personnel an incentive of 300 EGP over a three year period starting in 2015.
Doctors, pharmacists and veterinarians have been on a partial strike since December 2013, demanding that Egypt’s healthcare system be reformed and for the cadre law to pass in order to ensure better working conditions for healthcare professionals.
Due to the Cabinet’s reluctance to apply the cadre law, doctors resumed their partial administrative strike on Thursday in hospitals, centers affiliated with the Ministry of Health, health insurance centers and health units, according to a Thursday statement released by the committee.
Their demands also include increasing hospital security and raising the state budget for the Ministry of Health to international standards of 15 percent.
According to the 2014 constitution, only three percent of the state budget is allocated to the Ministry of Health.
Shousha also said that the Doctors Syndicate’s general assembly ordered the collection of mass resignations in February from doctors employed by the Ministry of Health, and is now collecting them from pharmacists and physicians.
In mid-March, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab urged doctors to suspend their strike for three months in order to allow the government adequate time to address their demands.